01 September 2017

This 'n' That

Well, Hurricane Harvey has wreaked some massive destruction this week. In times like this, it seems trite and, to some, perhaps even inappropriate, to remind of God's power and sovereignty over even the storms, wind, and waves.

I get that. Disaster is not the time to exercise our flowery Christianese skills. It's a time to pray and offer whatever help we can. For those of us who have not been devastatingly impacted by Harvey, we must keep this in mind.

At the same time, when events like this happen, we must still remember that God is omnipotent and sovereign. Yes, even over the storms. Not one drop of rain falls without Him ordaining it. Such truth doesn't make dealing with these situations easier, but it does help us keep a right perspective. Yes, I know that's easy for me to say so disconnected from the devastation, but in keeping that perspective, we remember that, while today's tragedy is Hurricane Harvey, tomorrow's could be a tornado in the Midwest, or an earthquake in California, or a cancer diagnosis in our family.

The comfort that comes from a right understanding of God's sovereignty cannot be overstated or over-emphasized.

Will you join me in praying for our brothers and sisters who have been affected by Harvey? Say a prayer for them now, then come back to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • So, the Nashville Statement was released this week by CBMW. It's a succinct document outlining evangelicals' beliefs (as determined by Scripture) on gender roles, etc. Some people weren't satisfied with it, and not because they don't agree with it or hold to biblical doctrine on these matters, but because it seemed too vague, or too broad. I read it and I agree with it; however, I'm not sure I'd liken it to the creeds of Church history. 
  • Phil Johnson wrote an update to this article.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I haven't finished reading this yet, but it seemed intriguing.
  • Steve Lawson on the love of God.
  • "Starving sheep form weak churches," so the pastor needs to preach to the sheep on Sunday.
  • Louie Giglio has done this before. He clearly doesn't have a proper understanding of sabbath. And yet, we continue to send our young people to his Passion conferences year after year. Tell me again why we do that? Oh yeah, because Piper's there. That makes it legit.
  • What do you do during your commute?
  • Thereby demonstrating that just because it's trendy doesn't mean it's right (or smart).
  • Who doesn't love a Q&A with John MacArthur?

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